OK enough horsing around people.
I have decided that next to arms, the body part I am the least happy with is my stomach (I’m pretty sure I am alone in the world on this one). A lot of this is thanks to all the beer I drink I’m sure but also because other than running, I don’t really do anything to work on that area. Now before every starts getting a philosophical on me about how you scientifically cannot “burn fat” away from your belly by doing crunches…I know! But you can build muscle which can therefore burn fat which means I win this argument so ha!
So here is what I am offering here people….a challenge of sorts. I say of sorts because I don’t have any big awesome prize to give away and really, it takes some time to really see any physical “results” from doing crunches but the sheer act of making a commitment, a goal, a *promise* is what this challenge is all about!! It’s about stating here to myself and everyone else “I will do this!”
I started doing 100 crunches yesterday but for conversation sake we will say that this challenge, which I am coining as “Crunch Crack”…don’t ask me what that name means, it just popped in my head and it made me think of butt cracks and giggle so that’s what it is called.
Ok so “Crunch Crack” will officially start on Sunday, June 20th. What I am vowing is that for ONE MONTH I will do a set of crunches EVERY DAY. Now, there is no limit on how many you have to do. Yesterday I did 100, but today I might only be able to do 30. I know that some people can barely get in 5 of them…IT DOESN’T MATTER!!
But here’s the thing, another *part* of the challenge you could say….whatever your highest # is that you do during the week, for example I am going to say that more than likely 100 crunches will most likely be the most I can do in one day this week, so NEXT week I have to do at least 25 MORE crunches for just ONE DAY.
So that means that some day next week, I have to do at least 125 crunches in one sitting. Get it?? Of course you guys do…you’re all far smarter than I am LOL.
We will check in every Sunday to say how we did, or didn’t, and tell what # we are up to. We will all cheer each other on and motivate each other to keep pushing to those next 25 crunches!!
Pretty soon we will all look like this:
Any who…let me clarify something here people about what I mean by “crunch” because I know some people’s opinions and view are different, so here is how I do them:
-Lay on the floor with your feet on the ground and your knees pointing at the ceiling (I am not a personal trainer so sorry if I don’t know the “technical” terms for describing this).
-Put your hands behind your head (as if you were being asked by a cop & about to be arrested). You can loosely lock your finger if you want, but don’t grasp them so tight that you break a finger or anything.
-Keep your eyes to the ceiling but slightly in front of you (does that make sense?) and slowly lift your upper body so that your shoulder blade are off of the ground. To do this though make sure you are using your “core” muscles to pull your body up.
-Roll back down and repeat! :) Try to keep the pace slow. Don’t go up and down like a jack rabbit...that might be a different kind of challenge ;)
Here is kind of how it looks (minus the fact that I dont curl my head in on my way up):
Some people prefer the old method of hands across the chest or pulling all the way up to your knees. I have reads too many articles and have suffered too much back pain to believe that that is the proper way to do one. But…do what ever you want, just don’t hold me responsible for the pain ok?? ;)
Ok people…who’s with me on this?? Even if you don’t think you can handle every day, THAT’S FINE!! Maybe 3 days a week or something?? The main objective of this challenge is to get us to start doing abdominal crunches on a regular basis and to increase the number of crunches we can do in one sitting by the end of these 4 weeks.
Now I just need to something about my damn arms….
BLOG AUTHORS EDIT:
First of all, I'm so happy to see that you guys are on board and ready to rock this! Again, there's no competetion here, it's just about making something as simple as doing crunches a *habit* & to help hold us accountable. Anyways....
The wonderful and super fabulous Lor...seriously, she is great and you should really all go check out her blog Lighten Up, Lor. I didnt realize until today that I was following privately, LOL. Sorry Lor, I'm a little slow sometimes, all the time, whatever! Anyway's she suggest an arm challenge!! Since you guys are probably sick and tired of listening to me bitch and complain about my arms, why not just fucking do something about it already!!!!!!!
So here we go...if you want to partake in the arm challenge you can but you dont need to. Here's how it will work:
-10 "girlie" push ups...you know where your on your hands and knees (omg you people are killing me!! do you know how hard it is to NOT make explicit sexual jokes here!!) but just lower your arms.
-1 or 2 (I'm doing two because again....Fun Fact Friday: I only like even #'s. Like if I eat pretzels or M&M's, I have to have 2 or 4 pieces) "Real" push ups.
Each week, increase the push ups by one or two. Lor has appropriately named this the 'Gun Show' and I think that is fantastic!! People better start lining up to get tickets cause this show is going to sell out FAST!!
Thanks again Lor for the fabulous idea!! We will all owe our guns of steel to you ;)